Stars sign C Jamie Benn to $26M, 5-year contract

Updated: January 24, 2013, 11:28 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars agreed to a $26.25 million, five-year contract on Thursday night

The All-Star center gets $5.25 million each season, with the first year of the deal pro-rated because of the NHL lockout. Dallas announced the move during its game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 23-year-old Benn was a restricted free agent who set career highs with 26 goals, 37 assists and 63 points for the Stars last season.

"We know how important he is to our hockey ...

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